Published on May 8th, 2014 | by Shantelle0
How to Sew Envelope Pillow Shams with Flanges EZ!
How to Sew Envelope Pillow Shams with Flanges(Standard Size)
When it comes to sewing, I am not a seamstress, however, I do own a sewing machine. If you own a sewing machine like me and have never taken a sewing class, you will find these directions for making a pillow sham very easy. After all, who needs a sewing table when you can use your living room floor like I did. Haha! Since I like to make mostly everything myself, maybe one day I’ll build a DIY Sewing Table. But for now I’m fine with using the living room floor or the kitchen table. So for this project, all you need is some simple materials and some patience.
Materials for Sewing a Standard Pillow Sham with Flanges
2 Yards of Fabric
1 Yard of Lining Fabric
Directions for Sewing a Standard Pillow Sham with Flanges
A standard size pillow measures 20″x 26″.
Measurements for the three front pieces:
Fabric=25″ x 31″
Lining Fabric= 25″x 31″
Batting= 25″x 31″
Measurements for the two back pieces:
Fabric (2)= 18.5″x 25″
1. Iron fabric and lining fabric.
2. Lay fabric(25″ x31″) on a flat surface. Place batting on top of the fabric and then place the lining fabric on top of the batting. Pin all three pieces together.
3. Sew around all four sides using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
4. Take one of the back pieces of fabric and double fold the 25″ side. Iron flat and sew a 1″ hem. Do the same to the other back piece.
5. Lay front piece(fabric, batting, lining) on a flat surface with fabric side facing upwards.
6. Place both pieces on top of the front piece with the sewn flaps facing upwards. Pin the two back pieces to the front pieces and sew a 1″ seam allowance around all four corners.
Note: The sham should look like it is inside out.
7. Cut the excess fabric and cut the corners making sure not to cut the seam.
8. Turn the sham inside out, and measure 2″ around the sham. Use masking tape as a guide for sewing the flanges.
Tip: Instead of using masking tape, you could use a disappearing pen.
9. Sew a 2″ seam allowance around the pillow sham.
10. Last, remove masking tape and insert a standard size pillow.